Could Canada be a Refuge for DACA Recipients if No Immigration Deal is Reached?

"When President Donald Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, the fate of about 700,000 young adults was thrown into doubt. With DACA recipients set to begin losing their status in March, and no legislation yet agreed upon, could they find a safe harbor in Canada?

'Some wise people have told me that there will not be a deal, that actually all these people will be really in a bad situation,' said Andres Pelenur, a founding partner of the Toronto-based Borders Law Firm and a specialist in citizenship and immigration law.

Under current Canadian immigration rules, it wouldn’t be impossible for DACA recipients to find legal status in Canada—but it would be difficult, Pelenur told attendees of 'Lessons Across Borders: What the U.S. and Canada Can Teach One Another About Establishing a Successful Immigration Policy.' The CLE program at the 2018 ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, was co-sponsored by the Commission on Immigration and the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities."


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